I enjoy your articles, Corwin, and they help me put things in perspective when the wheels are starting to come off a bit in my live games. It's so important to exploit preflop edges when the money is all in or committed before the turn hits. Between that factor and the rake, several speculative preflop calls during a session can add up to one huge spew.
One factor that you did not mention about the weak low stakes games is that many people make raises that are far too small to accomplish anything, especially after several people have limped. E.g. six people limp and the SB makes it 3x, and is doing this with premium hands. In this case it's nice to call with your 44 or 87s to try to bust him, because these people generally play any overpair or top pair like it's the nuts.
+$300 at $40 NL tonight at Hawaiian Gardens btw =D I had a nice table at first but all the loose idiots busted and I was left with a bunch of tighties, so I got a table change and managed to get a pretty decent one with several of both loose passives and tight passives.
Hawaiian Gardens does not have much of a rewards program, and while the Bike has a decent one, it doesn't really seem worth the longer drive from Orange County. Maybe when I climb back into the higher games it will be worth it. What kind of rewards program does Commerce have?
Crystal Park (in Compton) has a nice rebuy tourney on Sundays with a FREEROLL buy-in and I think $20 rebuys, but I always miss it to play in the liquidpoker tourneys, probably not the most +EV decision but I enjoy this little community.